Free Family Fun At The Clark July 25

For Immediate Release

July 14, 2004

Children and adults of all ages are invited to a day of family fun, indoors and out, at the Clark on Sunday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Clark's outdoor family day attracts thousands of people each summer. This year's theme is "Finders, Keepers, and Collectors," celebrating the themes of collecting and French art in the exhibition "Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!": The Bruyas Collection of the Musée Fabre. Activities include live performances of music, dancing, magic, and marionettes; children's art making activities; a flea market; a fun park; a zoo with live animals; food vendors; and more. The program will take place rain or shine; most outdoor activities are under tents. Admission is free. Additional parking is available at Mount Greylock High School, with a free shuttle transporting guests to and from the Clark.

Outdoor activities available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. include a fun park with a collection of mirrors and sprinklers (you will get wet!). Flag Acres Farm will present a group of animals seen in the exhibition. The "Finders Keepers" flea market will operate all day. Throughout the day, hands-on art making will be offered. Kids may decorate mirrors or make "python pencils."

Alfred Bruyas had his portrait painted by all the leading artists of his day, many of which are seen in the exhibition. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., artists Maggie Mailer and Chuck Webster will be on hand to sketch portraits. Cost for a portrait is $5.

The Albany Berkshire Ballet will dance quadrilles on the front steps every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. the No Strings Marionette Company will present "Terrifically Twisted Tales" in the performance tent. Based in Randolph, Vermont, the group's hand-crafted characters frolic through not-so-traditional versions of classic stories by the Brothers Grimm and Mother Goose.

At noon, magician Robert Olson will perform historical conjuring tricks in the performance tent. Olsen, from Old Sturbridge Village, recreates magic from 150 years ago using cards, coins, ribbons, and boxes. Olsen imitates 19th-century American magician and ventriloquist Richard Potter, famous in his day for such illusions as "The Enchanted Egg," the "Nefiskis Box," and the "Wonderful Factory." In addition to his noon performance Olsen will roam the grounds throughout the day.

At 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., guests will enjoy the "Courbet Cabaret" produced by Ralph Patillo and his troupe of actors.

The animated film Gay Purr-ee, featuring the voices of Judy Garland and Robert Goulet will be shown continuously in the air-conditioned auditorium.

Gallery talks of the exhibition, appropriate for all ages, will be offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Gallery admission is free on family day.
An outdoor food court will feature a variety of foods from around the world, presented by local vendors. Selections for sale will include falafel, hot dogs and burgers, pizza, ice cream, quiche, salad, and more.

On view at the Clark June 27-September 6, 2004, "Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!" features masterpieces by Gustave Courbet, Eugène Delacroix, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Camille Corot, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Alexandre Cabanel, and others. The show highlights some of the most influential images of 19th-century French painting, including the famous title painting by Courbet. The 40 paintings, 20 drawings, and five sculptures, many of which have rarely been seen in the United States, are all drawn from the collection of Alfred Bruyas (1821-1876). In his day, Bruyas was one of the foremost collectors of contemporary art in France. The exhibition is organized by the Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, and the Clark, with the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, under the auspices of FRAME (French Regional and American Museum Exchange). This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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